Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2002 19:09:00 -0800 (PST)
From: Manmohan Dash <>
Subject: caution, have patience – very long letter

Dear Utkalsantans,

I’m writing this letter to convey, in an introductory way, my ideas, why we’ve formed this group and my perceptions of how we should act in general. To place the situation more fittingly into the context let me start with the historical perspective of this blossoming group of patriots who dream to see their motherland rise to its past glory. I can only present my perspectives of the history of this baby institution we’ve started just now. I was browsing through Dharitri Online and I came to see a view by Pratikhya in the Reader’s right coloumn. It was really something that wet my heart, effectively due to her patriotic feelings towards Orissa where she lived only for six or seven years. Some days later there was a letter in the same coloumn by an Oriya from South Korea. I don’t want to hurt him personally but this gentleman wanted ‘Dharitri’ to open up a coloumn where in people of Orissa living abroad can let the poor brethen of theirs living in Orissa know what great things they are doing.

Perfectly legitimate friends. What good fortune will it bring for the common man of Orissa struck by poverty and corruption.To me these are only attempt to invent ways to acieve fame through self propaganda. Well of-course the foolish people that we are, (we) always make platforms for people even within India and orissa. We would take immense pleasure when celebrities inside India / Orissa come to use us as a platform for their self accomplishment. I’m talking of Political leaders, movie actors and commercial enterpreneurs as well as narrow minded religious self-styled leaders. We laugh at our own wounds when we talk of them after their arrival (or their statements) is flashed  in the news and media as if it were our most important business. They go back with their business done and we are left with our wounds. They would come to seek for votes and for a short time you feel as if you are very important for them and you know what happens after that. We’ve got, a bunch of fools, criminality as their weapon inside Orissa who are ruling us. Are my statements growing too much political. I should stop here.

I have lived in India for almost all of my life till now and for the last 4 months only I’m in the United States. I have lived in XXXXX for two years and the rest part in Orissa and I’ve seen how Orissa was first turning into a chaotic state like XXXXX. Thus I was naturally very upset at the said letter from South korea. I reacted strongly by replying back through the same columns. (See another post where I disclose that letter too, a reply to Dharitri Online editorial)

Immediately I got very positive responses from Prasan bhai (in Taiwan), Manoranjan (in Ind. Inst. of science) and Pratikhya. They all were with the very proposals. Prasan bhai proposed to open up a platform of the kind we are having now as also echoed in my letter to the editorial. Pratikhya was willing to go back to Orissa and work for betterment of Orissa in the aspects she has mentioned in her latest letter (5 jan) available to all of us. Manoranjan proposed essentially that we sort of make a platform where in we can boost the prospects of Oriyas getting into good institutions both in our country and abroad. He said they have an “army” consisting of 70 or so number of soldiers in IISc itself for this purpose.

Aren’t all these heartening for you all given your patriotic bondage to our neglected state?

I then sort of proposed Prasan bhai to open up an e-group where in we all can exchange our views and make our objective more and more definite and feasible. In the very first letter he mentioned about you all in terms that he is having contacts with you all in this direction. He took the responsibility and swiftly turned the proposal into the concrete structure that we see today and more appreciably at the cost of his valuable professional responsibilities. Although this is a baby institution now, I believe strongly that this will be able to disseminate the goals that we’ll set for it if only we all will be able to overcome the internal potential barrier associated with any organization which arises from the force of self-centeredness and lack of dedication.

I believe you all are firmly resolute in changing the prevailing scenario in Orissa through your energetic and thoughtful steps and equal burden lies on all of us to see this materialises.

We can’t change the ground reality in a very short period of time.Yet I believe you all have the same belief that we can certainly ignite processes in an efficient and promising manner into the body of the stagnant system prevailing in Orissa that will see us in a natural time span into a bright and less resistive system. Don’t you all have hatred towards the corruption prevailing in the most public of the offices in the country. Don’t you all know how difficult its on the part of a common man to get things done in an Indian office which are very basic rights to him..There are numerous examples which hurts all of us, we can’t certainly eliminate all of this but we can energetically ignite such processes as are practical and feasible given our will and resources which are not adequate yet considerable.  

My ambitions are rooted in the scientific development of our state. Each one of us might be having his own dream to say. But none is possible unless we are able to make the system less resistive through our own dedication. My practical suggestion for the moment sides with that of Manoranjan. We could help as many students from Orissa getting into good institutions as possible. Thats how XXXXXXXX work and they have virtually hijacked the whole scientific community in India. We are no inferior to them. What lacks is concern and information. The typical student (?) in Orissa indulges himself in gossip and other means of wasting time and the talents suffer given the corrupt practices in our society.

And this is a goal that no one can deny is possible. But we may simultaneously proceed with goals and ambitions set by each one of us. Once the baby starts crawling and walking you will see its power and success.

So I request you all to pour in your letters filled with your dreams, proposals and suggestions as soon as possible so that we’ll quickly embark onto our main business.

Manmohan Dash

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